Virtus.pro take down NIP to secure final IEM Summer playoff spot

Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali’s men dismantled the Swedish squad on Overpass to earn the last quarter-final place in the single-elimination bracket.

Virtus.pro have secured the final playoff spot in IEM Summer after defeating NIP 2-1 in Group B's lower bracket final, setting up a clash with Vitality in the quarter-finals on Friday at 20:00 . The Ninjas started brightly on Mirage and held off a late comeback by the CIS squad but ran out of steam as the series progressed, with VP locking down Inferno thanks to a standout performance from Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev before the entire team came together to steamroll NIP on Overpass.

"I feel that we are [playing] better now than we were in Pro League and DreamHack," Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis said when asked about the team’s form in the post-match interview. "I would say we are at 60% right now compared to IEM Katowice, which I would say was at 90%."

SANJI had great showings on Inferno and Overpass

NIP kicked off their map pick of Mirage in confident fashion with a 6-2 lead on the T side, but Virtus.pro buckled down to win the majority of the remaining rounds to encroach on their opponent’s advantage, with a Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov 3K reducing the deficit to a solitary round at the midway point.

Expert trigger discipline on an A site flank provided two kills for Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner and a subsequent molotov into Palace enabled his teammate to defuse unharmed for a 12-7 lead. Virtus.pro replied with a string of rounds to go on and level the score at 14-14, but Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser proved to be the difference-maker with back-to-back triple kill rounds, including a 1v2 clutch to close out the 30-round affair.

SANJI launched his team to a 5-0 start on Inferno before the two teams locked horns in an exchange of rounds, which benefitted the CIS squad for an 8-3 Terrorist lead, with two rounds apiece being traded to end the half. VP wasted no time increasing their lead before a REZ 1v2 clutch kick-started a five-round streak for NIP, but frequent save rounds from Virtus.pro eventually paid off as Jame & co. found a trio of round victories needed to take the series to a third map, with SANJI posting a 1.61 rating at the conclusion of the game.

NIP had virtually no answers for Virtus.pro’s near-perfect defensive setups on Overpass, winning just a single round in the entire half after being shut down at every turn. The Ninjas could only manage three rounds in the second half before Virtus.pro briskly wrapped up the map to book their place in the playoffs.

Sweden
Matchpage
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6th June 2021
16
Mirage
14
11
Inferno
16
4
Overpass
16
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 51 0 80.1 1.09
45 - 53 -8 69.9 0.93
49 - 58 -9 67.4 0.92
36 - 56 -20 52.8 0.73
31 - 57 -26 58.2 0.67
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 38 +24 81.6 1.29
59 - 42 +17 79.1 1.25
58 - 35 +23 69.8 1.22
55 - 43 +12 82.5 1.17
38 - 56 -18 67.7 0.85
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1027
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
681
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1177
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1113
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
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Plow
2021-06-06 23:52
10 replies
Dont worry rematch incoming
2021-06-06 23:53
3 replies
Check Device's twitter - 43% loss...rematch incoming...
2021-06-07 03:03
2 replies
Lol. Why are you guys trolling NiP so much. They will cry.
2021-06-07 07:30
1 reply
Because you quit or you take it as a man - there is no middle. If you don't think it is fair and want to give up - do it, but if you accept it and then cry like a kiddo, gtfo.
2021-06-07 23:55
Fluke
2021-06-06 23:56
5 replies
NiP flair talking about flukes.
2021-06-07 00:03
2 replies
stop, he's already dead :(
2021-06-07 02:11
1 reply
Bruh your name...
2021-06-07 07:38
+1
2021-06-07 10:05
16-4 fluke xaxaxa retarded jerman nip fangirl Ez for awpgod Jame
2021-06-07 20:20
yes, it is time kek
2021-06-06 23:52
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
Gj unexpected result
2021-06-06 23:52
2 replies
#30
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Australia poppyxox
Cucumber
2021-06-07 00:29
1 reply
#67
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Finland Cucumber))
yes
2021-06-07 08:05
#4
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Latvia HiImRenars
Rematch soon
2021-06-06 23:53
dogs
2021-06-06 23:53
rematch
2021-06-06 23:53
#7
ropz | 
Estonia Octatwo
Hey this is IEM summer admin, and this info is not correct. It appears that Device had to play with discomfort in his left arm and we have decided to replay this game.
2021-06-06 23:53
7 replies
#14
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Czech Republic imotfhere
Hey this is IEM summer admin, and this info is not correct. It appears that Device had to play with discomfort in his left arm and we have decided to replay this game.
2021-06-06 23:55
4 replies
Hey this is IEM summer admin, and this info is not correct. It appears that Device unfortunately had to play with 26ms ping which is higher from his usual 25ms ping and we have decided to replay this game.
2021-06-07 03:38
3 replies
Hey this is IEM summer admin, and this info is not correct. It appears that there was a dog barking outside the NIP bootcamp for 5 seconds during the 17th round on the 3rd map which disturbed the whole team and we have decided to replay the game.
2021-06-07 05:46
2 replies
lmao
2021-06-07 07:15
mens))))
2021-06-07 12:46
U mean eyes problem
2021-06-07 07:06
axaxaxaxaxaxa
2021-06-07 11:21
GOD SANJI definitely ate plov today
2021-06-06 23:54
#11
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Brazil bandicoot
100% loss
2021-06-06 23:54
ez for kinder surprise
2021-06-06 23:54
CRISTIAAAANOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, where u at
2021-06-06 23:54
gg wp buster too stronk
2021-06-06 23:56
#17
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Latvia PeaceDATA
ez
2021-06-06 23:56
$1,000,000 👍
2021-06-06 23:57
1 reply
No refunds
2021-06-07 05:49
so EZ for VP JAME > RONALDO
2021-06-06 23:57
3 replies
today he is better than ronaldo. but is he better than zywoo even tho vitality never won against VP?
2021-06-07 00:16
2 replies
cope
2021-06-07 01:39
#38
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Ukraine Masak0vske
Ye he is
2021-06-07 01:42
sanji god
2021-06-06 23:58
ez for sanji
2021-06-07 00:01
Ez for vp
2021-06-07 00:05
What happened to yekindar recently lol
2021-06-07 00:06
5 replies
yeah, hes in a pretty bad slump rn, definitely nowhere near as good as he was 3 months ago
2021-06-07 00:21
he said he has health problems, i guess thats why he's underperforming
2021-06-07 06:24
3 replies
Well you can call alcoholism health problems true..
2021-06-07 09:21
really, i feel bad for him bc he used to be so damn scary and I really like how he play this game
2021-06-07 12:31
1 reply
+1 bro
2021-06-08 16:58
unexpected but nice showing from VP
2021-06-07 00:20
from winning majors to this yikes
2021-06-07 00:24
sanji surprised me, gg
2021-06-07 00:30
90% Loss smh...
2021-06-07 00:31
Expected win by the better team.
2021-06-07 00:36
#34
TACO | 
Brazil ozyyy
YEKINDAR -18 and NIP still got destroyed LOL
2021-06-07 00:40
now you can clearly see how average this device guy is xd
2021-06-07 01:44
Device had 43% loss, he proved it with screenshots - rematch incoming. New meta by Threat: rematch until you win, prepare 40% loss ss and wait.
2021-06-07 03:19
#49
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Kazakhstan Kadaku
when your support is topfragger, something is wrong with your roles
2021-06-07 04:23
I wish Yekindar finds his early 2021 form again. Without his insane openings, VP is not the same scary team. GGWP VP. Well-deserved victory.
2021-06-07 04:38
So ez for ma boi Godster
2021-06-07 04:38
Sorry device, but you aren't s1mple to carry these bots. No farming stats while carrying the team to get #1 HLTV for you.
2021-06-07 05:00
JAME TIME!
2021-06-07 05:14
rematch!!!
2021-06-07 06:20
device here yeah I whiffed 3 shots in a row maybe even a packet loss please rematch now
2021-06-07 06:23
From hltv #1 to meme smh
2021-06-07 07:42
Was a great game. Cant wait for the rematch.
2021-06-07 08:23
rematch when
2021-06-07 08:34
#70
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Russia AliasNamer
I think dev1ce had some discomfort on the third map. Rematch!
2021-06-07 09:11
nice, hopefully no rematch
2021-06-07 09:26
dev1ce in nip is the best joke in cs history after "zywoo top 1 2020"
2021-06-07 09:52
devvvvvv
2021-06-07 11:12
#77
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Liberia rationale
What a suckfest from NiP. Horrible coordination, whiffed shots, a ton of mistakes. Damn. They didn't deserve to win even the first map of the series. And devve sucks as a rifler and as an AWPer. He's said something like he's not in a good form in at least two interviews now.
2021-06-07 11:23
3 replies
#79
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Norway JakkeJ
Ofc you're a fan of Astralis who lost device, and fnatic who is NiPs main domestic rival. And you spew sh*t
2021-06-07 12:01
2 replies
#80
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Liberia rationale
The casters do as well, right. Go watch the maps. Maybe we have all colluded to spew shit.
2021-06-07 12:08
#89
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Liberia rationale
I was a fan of Astralis only the team had been in a free fall long before devve left.
2021-06-08 17:57
#78
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Belgium LaaB09
Jame is so boring to look at. I don't know why, but he is just always waiting and waiting and waiting...
2021-06-07 11:48
3 replies
#83
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
Do you think he says "I need some me time" or "I need some Jame time" when he talks to his special lady friend?
2021-06-07 13:26
2 replies
#90
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United States okuulanda
i audibly laughed
2021-06-10 23:41
1 reply
#91
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Svahn
That pleases me
2021-06-11 08:09
Packet loss... check pc... this very very insane... this not normally...
2021-06-07 20:06
Well that's quite an upset, I'm really surprised that VP made it to the playoffs. NIP made some stupid mistakes in this series, they didn't look ready for VP, kinda sad.
2021-06-07 20:40
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